Restaurant Development & Design

July-August 2017

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8 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 BUZZ who's doing what Since 1996, restaurant group Meizhou Dongpo has served millions of cus- tomers in over a hundred fine-dining locations in China, all with an emphasis on perfecting traditional Sichuanese cuisine in a formal setting. Owners Chef Wang Gang and his wife, Liang Li, brought their fine-dining concept to Los Angeles in 2013 but were looking for other brand expres- sions. Located at Universal CityWalk Hollywood, Dongpo Kitchen is their first casual-dining location. It features an open kitchen and seating for more than 100, including an open-air patio. "Knowing that what worked in China may not work in LA, Chef Wang and our team wanted to tell the story of a famous poet, Dongpo, and how Chef Wang's cooking is influenced by him, starting by [the chef] growing up in the same town, studying [Dongpo's] poetry and sharing his philosophy of life to cooking: easygoing, eclectic with a bold sense of self-expression," says Yuwen Peng, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, associ- ate vice president at CallisonRTKL, the project's designer. The design creates a journey about Dongpo's life and represents what the Chinese Group Opens First Casual-Dining Outpost Photo by David Sprague

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